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Marrch 3 public dialogue with experts: "Risks and benefits of direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription drugs

February 29, 2008
Three quarters of adults will fill a prescription this year, at a cost of nearly $25 billion. The use and cost of medicines may increase significantly if manufacturers are allowed to advertise prescription drugs directly to consumers as they do in the United States.       

The Truth is Out There, or is It?

February 29, 2008
Whether its politicians, corporate leaders, or health experts, its getting increasingly difficult to know who to believe these days. Even journalists cant always be trusted!

Shiny furniture

February 28, 2008
The Province Editor, The Province: Columnist Brian Lewis misses the point in his effusive review of the new Abbotsford hospital. I have no doubt that the facilities are impressive, the technology is top-notch and the equipment is shiny. But without the highly trained and skilled health-science professionals needed to perform the vital diagnostic tests on that equipment all that shiny new technology is just expensive furniture. The Fraser Health Authority estimates we will be short by more than 500 full-time diagnostic imaging staff by 2015.

Federal budget: surplus of rhetoric, deficit of real solutions

February 27, 2008
What Finance Minister Jim Flaherty calls a budget of -focus, prudence, and discipline" is actually -feeble, paltry and disappointing," says Larry Brown, secretary-treasurer of the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE). See NUPGE's reaction to the federal budget here.

February 29 is RSI Awareness Day

February 26, 2008
The Canadian Labour Congress is calling on governments to take the issue of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) more seriously. Statistics Canada reported in 2003 that one in 10 Canadians suffers from an RSI enough to limit their normal activities. Download leaflet here.

An unbalanced and unfair budget

February 26, 2008
The Canadian Labour Congress says todays budget makes one thingclear for ordinary working people trying to make ends meet in an economy that offers less: this government is not on your side. See the CLC's analysis of the 2008 federal budget here.

Mortality rates lower for stroke patients with post-care therapy

February 26, 2008
According to new research by the Canadian Stroke Network (CSN), nine out of 10 hospital deaths involving recovering stroke patients could be prevented if they were put in an organized follow-up program that involved care provided by health science professionals such as physiotherapists and occupational therapists.

Health care needs people

February 25, 2008
HSA President Reid Johnson responds to February 24, 2008 Vancouver Province columnist Brian Lewis, who praises the new facilities and equipment at the Abbotsford P3 hospital set to open next year. See letter to the editor here.

Additional steward workshop scheduled

February 21, 2008
Due to increased demand for OH&S steward training, HSA is offering the following workshop: OH&S Steward Training Level 1 (2-day workshop): May 26 and 27, 2008 Please apply ASAP as workshops have been filling up quickly. Download Pre-registration form

Celebrate International Women's Day in Nanaimo

February 20, 2008
The Canadian Labour Congress hosts an International Women's Day lunch Saturday, March 8 at the Nanaimo Golf Club featuring guest spearkers Jean Crowder, MP,  Nanaimo-Cowichan; Jackie Miller, President, BC Ferry and Marine Workers Union, and Claire Trevena, MLA, North Island and Opposition Critic for Childcare, Early Childhood Education & Women's Issues.   See further details.